08 March 2010

International Women's Day - Greer vs Nowra

Today is International Women's Day. It is also 40 years since the first publication of Germaine Greer's The Female Eunuch, an important work to the feminist movement.

The Monthly is an Australian national monthly journal about politics, society and the arts, edited by Ben Naparstek who at 23 years of age when appointed, created marvel and shock in publishing circles.

To mark 40 years of The Female Eunuch, The Monthly published an article by well known Australian writer Louis Nowra in which he questioned whether Greer actually understood women and also criticised her appearance and character.

Needless to say, the feminist/women's movement (and friends) reacted

- Caroline Overington (The Australian)
- Helen Razer (blog)
- Gabriella Coslovich (Sydney Morning Herald)
- Maggie Alderson (blog)
- felixexplody (blog)
- Larvatus Prodeo (blog)
- Rick Feneley (Sydney Morning Herald)
- Anne Summers (Sydney Morning Herald)

Pru Goward, a former Sex Discrimination Commissioner, also decided to wade into the furore. Though, one must question her motive given that she is now a politician in the NSW state parliament.

Still, Greer has the last word (in The Age). 40 years later, inequality is still very much an issue. Feminism is still relevant.

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